And that’s a wrap for … February

My goodness, for a short month February seems to have lasted an eternity!

I considered not doing this wrap-up. Hence why it’s late. Again. Everything just seems so trivial at the moment, with what’s happening in Ukraine. But, like me, maybe you too are increasingly turning to books to escape reality. Even if it’s just for a short time. And maybe you’ll find some ideas in my wrap-up to keep your TBR nicely stocked.

There isn’t much to say in the monthly Millie update. Honestly, most days I remain mostly frustrated. Sometimes I think I’m not the right person for her as I tend to lose my patience rather quickly. I’m not a very patient person at the best of times. It’s a running joke in my family that when the-powers-that-be handed out that particular skill, I was most definitely last in line. And I’m at that age where certain things are in even less supply than they used to be. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

We do make progress with some things. For instance yesterday, after almost a year, she took a little snack from a friend’s hand. That’s quite a big deal, I know. And I should hang on to those moments, knowing that we are somehow making a difference. But then we go for a walk with her and it is no fun whatsoever. Not for her, not for us. And that’s even before we set a foot out the door because actually putting the lead on her is an ordeal all on its own. There’s shaking (her), teeth chattering (also her), pulling and pulling some more and harder (definitely her) and I’m just trying to stay on my two feet and not fall face first onto the road. She refuses to engage with other dogs who come up to her, tail all wagging and excited. She doesn’t care and she’s just constantly looking around, trying to find the shortest way home. And no matter how long, or short, we are out there, she will not *do* anything. She does that when we get back home and she goes straight for the garden ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ.

I wish I could get inside her head. I wish she could tell me why she’s so afraid of everything and everyone. I wish there was some way to make her see/feel/know that she’s safe with us, that we won’t let anything happen to her whether at home or anywhere else, that there are so many thing she’s missing out on.

She’s still cute, though. Loves chilling on her pillow in the sunshine and recently, spying on the neighbours ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„

Right, on to the books!

| WHAT I READ IN FEBRUARY |

That’s not too bad. Especially considering where I was at a few months ago. A mixed batch, for sure. Some misses, some hits.

| BOOK OF THE MONTH |

If you saw my review, I don’t think this comes as much of a surprise. ‘Reputation’ was a very close second, though.

| WHAT I BOUGHT IN FEBRUARY |

My objective to buy less books this year is not exactly going to plan but it could also be way, way worse. I mean, honestly, 7 is pretty decent. Right? Anyone? *crickets*

| RECEIVED FOR REVIEW |

Courtesy of Netgalley and Orenda Books.

| WHAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING |

Never read any of the Reacher books but a friend and fellow book blogger convinced me to watch because of the brilliant plot ๐Ÿ˜. Really enjoyed it too and I’m glad to hear there will be a second season.

Also finally started Succession. I’ve heard many good things about it. I’ve only watched one episode so far, though, and that was really slow.

| ON THE BLOG IN FEBRUARY |

Review : The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill by C.R. Robertson
Review : The Couple at the Table by Sophie Hannah
Review : One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner
Review : The Hunting Ground by Will Shindler
Review : Unmissing by Minka Kent
Review : The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews
Review : The Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons
Review : One For Sorrow by Helen Fields

It’s not a lot but it’s still progress compared to last year. Maybe the mojo has returneth. And maybe I just jinxed myself. ๐Ÿ™Š

| ON THE BLOG IN MARCH |

I honestly don’t know because the ARC’s I had for March all published this past week and bar one, which I received on publication day, I was actually up to date with reviews so they’ve all been posted already. Who even am I?!


That’s a wrap for February! May March bring peace. Stay safe! xx

  27 comments for “And that’s a wrap for … February

  1. March 4, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Looks like a great bookish month Eva! Hope you continue to enjoy the Rivers of London series and that Millie continues to chill in the sun and not wind you up too much xx

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  2. March 4, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I like these Millie posts. I hope you have more moments with Millie like yesterday.

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  3. March 4, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Brilliant plot huh? I can see that ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. March 4, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Great reading month ๐Ÿ˜ Millie is a proper sun worshiper and she looks very comfy. As for the plot… well least said the better lol xx

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    • March 5, 2022 at 10:55 am

      I’m so glad she loves the sun and she’s quite outdoorsy (in the garden, not elsewhere ๐Ÿ˜‰). We definitely spend more time out there.

      Need more plot. ๐Ÿค”

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  5. March 4, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the Millie update๐Ÿ’œ Iโ€™ll keep rooting for her and your family.

    Wonderful reading month, Eva!

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  6. March 4, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Ah, Millie is so cute…look at those ears! โค๏ธ Is there a behaviourist local to you? I’ve had them in the past and they can be very helpful.
    You’re definitely on a roll with the books!

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    • March 5, 2022 at 10:53 am

      I’ve not been able to find one so far but I’m still looking. I’d definitely be open to that kind of help.

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      • March 5, 2022 at 12:58 pm

        Hope you find someone ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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  7. Karen
    March 4, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Things are looking up on the bookish front. Sending you and Millie all the love โค๏ธ

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    • March 5, 2022 at 10:50 am

      They are, aren’t they? I’m back to really enjoying reading. Really missed that feeling.

      Thanks for the love! โค๏ธ

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  8. March 4, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Lovely to see Millie enjoying the sun, she certainly seems chilled then, the rest might just take a bit longer. xx

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    • March 5, 2022 at 10:49 am

      A true sun worshipper like her human. Must be that Portuguese blood. Hers, not mine ๐Ÿ˜„.

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  9. March 5, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Ooh I didnโ€™t know Fitzgerald had a new book coming. And Iโ€™m watching Reacher right now.

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    • March 5, 2022 at 10:48 am

      Yup! Out late May!

      Hope you’re enjoying Reacher. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. March 6, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    One day, I’m going to buy a complete box set of all of Christie’s Tommy & Tuppence books. They’re my favorite!

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    • March 9, 2022 at 10:07 am

      I look forward to reading the other ones although this one didn’t quite convince me. They’re better than Marple though, good grief.

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  11. March 7, 2022 at 12:42 am

    That’s a ton of books there, Eva. As for Millie, poor thing. She obviously has lots of issues and w/o knowing her history difficult to get that trust factor back. I’ve often thought the same as you, tho, would love to get into that head just once.

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    • March 9, 2022 at 10:07 am

      I wish I knew what happened. She was never on the streets, born into a loving and warm house with her siblings and her mum around at all times. We think it might be that, being taken away from the ones that gave her confidence maybe. She’s getting better at things. I just need to focus on that and keep taking it one step at a time, revelling in the small victories.

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  12. March 8, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Looks like you had a great reading month! Millie is so cute; I’m sorry she’s still struggling, the poor thing. Our Paco is the other way around; he has become aggressive around other dogs so it’s a struggle to take him anywhere. With people he is just too enthusiastic, which can be an issue with kids and people who are afraid of dogs. xD Also, I see that the ‘plot’ of Reacher is exactly why you watched it… Although I assume there are plenty of action scenes too.

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    • March 9, 2022 at 10:03 am

      That’s also annoying though. I’m guessing Paco wasn’t always like that?

      Honestly, Reacher is actually really good. Sure, there’s a nice “plot” there but I don’t find him attractive at all ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • March 9, 2022 at 4:11 pm

        You are partly right about Paco; he’s always been too enthusiastic when it comes to people, but he used to be more friendly with other dogs (aka wanting to play/annoy them). He’s become increasingly aggressive especially to male dogs and I can’t take him out alone anymore because he’s too strong for me. xD

        The ‘plot’ isn’t my type either, but not bad to look at and knowing the Reacher movies I can imagine the series itself is engaging too.

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